What is Script Coverage?

(and why it's so important)

Script coverage is the process by which scripts are filtered, in Hollywood and other film and TV industries around the world. 

Coverage originated out of an internal industry necessity – namely that the powers-that-be didn’t have enough time to read the

scripts submitted to them. Out of this need to shortcut, then, script coverage was born.

Script coverage today takes various forms but it’s most commonly used for two purposes, by two different sets of people. On the

one hand, executives, agents, managers and producers still use script coverage for what it is was originally intended – as a way to absorb a lot of information about a script, in a short period of time.

They can read a synopsis of a script, look at an evaluation of the script’s strengths and weaknesses, read an appraisal of its

potential in the marketplace, and generally take a deep-dive without having to spend two hours reading the script themselves.

In addition, script coverage is also used by writers, producers and those on the purely filmmaking side of the fence to make

scripts better. As you can see from the Jake Wagner quote below, screenwriting and script development are such competitive

fields that scripts get very few chances to impress.

Getting pro script coverage before showing your work to anyone in the industry is absolutely vital. So, in brief, script coverage is

there to do three things: prevent extremely busy movers ‘n’ shakers from reading scripts that aren’t up to scratch; help writers and filmmakers improve by delivering feedback; and save writers from what we call “undercooked scripts”, and career self-sabotage.

Script Coverage Packages

Script coverage is the process by which scripts are filtered, in Hollywood and other film and TV industries around the world. 

Coverage originated out of an internal industry necessity – namely that the powers-that-be didn’t have enough time to read the

scripts submitted to them. Out of this need to shortcut, then, script coverage was born.

Script coverage today takes various forms but it’s most commonly used for two purposes, by two different sets of people.

On the one hand, executives, agents, managers and producers still use script coverage for what it is was originally intended – as a

way to absorb a lot of information about a script, in a short period of time.

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